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FAU Presents Lecture by Former Death Row Inmate Kirk Bloodsworth

WHAT:                Florida Atlantic University’s School of Criminology and
                             Criminal Justice in the College of Architecture, Urban and Public
                             Affairs, and the FAU student chapter of the American Criminal
                             Justice Association (ACJA) will host “The Justice Project:
                             Exonerating the Innocent through DNA,” a lecture by Kirk
                             Bloodsworth, former death row inmate.

WHEN:                 Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:              FAU Boca Raton campus
                              Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
                              777 Glades Road, Boca Raton

COST:                   A $15 donation to the School of Criminology and Criminal
                               Justice, which will go toward sponsoring similar events and
                               activities, is requested for non-FAU students; free for FAU
                               students, faculty and staff.

CONTACT:          For information, contact Professor Richard Mangan at
                              561-297-2878 or, or visit

Kirk Bloodsworth was the first death row inmate to be exonerated based on DNA testing. An honorably-discharged U.S. Marine with no criminal record, Bloodsworth was convicted and sentenced to death in Maryland in 1985 for the rape and murder of 9-year-old Dawn Hamilton.  He spent nearly nine years in prison before DNA testing proved his innocence in 1993.  As a program officer for The Justice Project, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to fighting injustice and creating a more humane and just world, Bloodsworth currently travels the country to speak about his ordeal. His story also is chronicled in Bloodsworth: The True Story of the First Death Row Inmate Exonerated by DNA, written by author Tim Junkin.  

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